Mexico faces near record COVID-19 totals as it plans to reopen; The sharp decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario continues; Toronto: 22 active cases down


The last coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Tuesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

9:30 p.m .: As Mexico announced plans to reopen churches and religious events, the country released an almost record number of new confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The country’s health department said confirmed cases increased by 4,599, the second highest daily increase to date, to a cumulative total of 154,863, while deaths increased by 730, the third highest daily confirmation figure. The total number of cases and deaths – which currently stands at 18,310 – is clearly underestimated, as Mexico performs very few tests.

Health professionals now represent around 24% of cases in Mexico; 32,388 doctors, nurses and technicians were infected and 463 died.

On Tuesday, the interior ministry issued guidelines for the reopening of religious activities and churches, which had been ordered closed. in about half the country, churches will be allowed to open to 25% of their capacity; once the number of cases and the saturation of hospitals and other indicators drop, this capacity can reach 50%.

9:25 p.m .: Arkansas Attorney General sued Missouri television pastor Jim Bakker on Tuesday for promoting a falsely touted product as a cure for coronavirus disease.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed an Arkansas lawsuit against Bakker and Morningside Church Productions, less than three months after the state of Missouri filed a similar lawsuit. The Rutledge lawsuit indicates that 385 Arkansans made purchases from the Bakker company for a total amount of approximately $ 60,524 in colloidal silver, a product often sold on the Internet as a dietary supplement.

“Jim Bakker exploited Arkansas consumers by exploiting fears of COVID-19 to sell more than $ 60,000 of their products that do nothing to fight the virus,” Rutledge said in a statement to his office. . Bakker was convicted of fraud in 1989 and has served several years in prison.

7:27 p.m .: New report from the United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention finds that people with underlying health conditions are 12 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people who don’t have COVID-19.

In its latest weekly morbidity and mortality report, the CDC analyzed coronavirus infections and deaths from the start of the pandemic until the end of May.

CDC data analyzed the cases from January 22 to May 30 and found that people with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, were hospitalized six times more often than healthy patients – and died 12 times more often.

About 45% of patients with known underlying conditions were hospitalized, compared to 7.6% of patients, none reported.

6:09 p.m .: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. extended the suspension of the world cruise until the end of September, dashing the hopes of the stock market for a return to service months after the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down the industry.

The company said the few exceptions were Seattle-based Alaska cruises scheduled to depart in September. The company also cancels certain trips in October, including trips to Canada and New England.

Cruise stocks had posted a remarkable recovery in recent weeks on the prospect that the industry shutdown could end in August. But a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in places like South Florida, home to the world’s largest cruise port, could weigh on prospects for return.

5.45 p.m .: Ontario has again seen fewer than 200 new cases of COVID-19 amid sharply declining infections, according to the Star’s latest count.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, regional health units in the province had reported a total of 34,418 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,595 deaths, for a total of 187 new cases in 24 hours – the second day of the last three with less than 200 new cases, a further decline after a brief jump on Monday.

Before the recent slowdown, the last day that units reported fewer than 200 cases was March 26, the start of rapid case growth before the COVID-19 epidemic for the first time in the province.

As has been the case in recent weeks, the overwhelming majority of new COVID-19 infections in Ontario continue to occur in the Greater Toronto Area; only 56 of Tuesday’s cases outside in the five health facilities in the region. But the rate of new cases is also dropping sharply in the Toronto area.

Toronto Public Health reported fewer than 100 new cases on Tuesday for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the 16 new fatal cases reported since Monday evening were up slightly from a downward trend that saw the death rate drop from a peak of 90 deaths in a single day, observed in early May.

Earlier on Tuesday, the province announced that 413 patients are now hospitalized with COVID-19, including 98 in intensive care, including 70 on ventilators. These figures have also dropped sharply since early May.

The province says its data is correct at 4 p.m. the day before. The province also warns that its latest total death count – 2,538 – may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying that if there is a discrepancy, “the data reported by ( health units) should be considered the most up to date. ”

The star rating includes some patients who are reported to have “probable” COVID-19, which means they have symptoms and contacts or a travel history that indicates they are most likely to have the disease, but have not yet received a positive laboratory test.

5:32 p.m .: Brazil has reported a record number of daily cases of coronavirus as the pandemic continues to rage in the largest country in Latin America.

The country, which only tracks the United States in terms of cases and deaths, reported 34,918 new cases, bringing the number of infections to 923,189. Data compiled by the Brazilian states also reported 1,282 new deaths, bringing the total number of victims to 45,241.

The pandemic is showing no signs of abating, with cases concentrated in the capitals and the southeast spreading inland and in the poorest regions of the country of 210 million people. At the same time, several states and cities have started to lift quarantine orders in recent weeks, raising concerns about a new wave of infections. Estimates from the PUC University in Rio de Janeiro show that cases will likely exceed 1.3 million by the end of June, with more than 60,000 deaths.

4:59 p.m .: On Tuesday afternoon, the City of Toronto reported 82 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, as well as seven new deaths and 97 new recoveries.

The 70 new cases recorded as reported on June 14 would make this day the slowest day for new cases since April 5, except late arrival of poorly registered cases discovered Monday. Active cases in the city, recently said to have entered phase 2 of the reopening of the province, have dropped by 22 and now stand at 1,315.

4:28 p.m .: “The Bold and the Beautiful” plans to resume production on Wednesday, becoming the first scripted network show to resume filming after the long layoff caused by the coronavirus.

CBS popular daytime drama – regularly among the highest rated soap operas on television – will resume production at CBS Television City in Los Angeles with strict COVID-19 protocols in place, as requested by state and county , journalist Eva Basler announced on Tuesday. . California and Los Angeles county officials have given the conditional green light to resume production from June 12.

Program guarantees include an independent COVID-19 coordinator on set, regular tests of all those involved in production, a staggered and minimized team, and the requirement for masks and social distance for all except the actors when the cameras are rotating.

The show has yet to announce when the first new episode will air. This is the first scripted network program, and among the first scripted programs of any kind, to resume filming after a production halt in the industry for several months.

3.57pm: Saskatchewan doubles its indoor gathering limit to 30 people.

The province says the change should take effect on Monday and only applies to situations where people can maintain two meters of physical distance.

The province also plans to allow day camps, outdoor pools and children’s sports on Monday.

Saskatchewan reports a new case of COVID-19 in Saskatoon, bringing the province’s total to 684.

Of these cases, 40 are considered active and many of them are in the far north.

3:27 p.m .: On Tuesday, Chile announced 5,013 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 184,449, and announced that an additional 31,412 unreported cases would be added in the coming days. This would bring its infection rate well above 10,000 per million people, more than any other country outside of Qatar. Some 3,383 people died.

Two months ago, Chile was admired for its surgical approach to the pandemic – tests widely carried out and quarantined by neighborhood. Today, she has one of the highest infection rates per capita in the world and her former health minister has been forced to resign.

Initial assessments suggest that Chile has followed the example of wealthy nations to realize – again – that a large percentage of its citizens are poor, an echo of last year’s disconnect between the government and the nation when an increase in the price of the metro led to massive riots.

“There are parts of Santiago where I had no awareness of the extent of poverty and overcrowding,” said Jaime Manalich, the Minister of Health, who resigned, on May 28. It’s no surprise to everyday Chileans who have long complained about the gap between the foreign-trained elites who run the government and the rest of society.

3:12 p.m .: Quebec plans to bring all elementary and high school students to class this fall with a back-up plan if the number of COVID-19 cases skyrockets, the province’s education minister said on Tuesday.

Jean-François Roberge said that the province has the green light from health officials for elementary and secondary schools to open at full capacity, with distancing and sanitation measures in place. Roberge said it is important that students return to a classroom environment.

“Many specialists and pediatricians say the virus is dangerous, of course, but not going to school is dangerous,” said Roberge. “It is dangerous for our success rate, it is dangerous for children, it is dangerous for their mental health. “

2:03 p.m .: The school will be back in person in New Brunswick for the fall – with a few tweaks – and parents in Saint John have mixed feelings.

Education Minister Dominic Cardy announced the plan at a press conference on June 12, and said that although young students will be placed in 15-person bubbles, high school students will stagger their education and will go to school every other day.

Temperature controls will most likely be implemented. Gyms or other rooms that are not usually classrooms may need to be used for physical removal. There will also be staggered tee times. Transportation to and from school is “one of the last pieces of the puzzle,” he said.

Patty Hebèrt, whose daughter and son attend Princess Elizabeth School, is concerned that government plans do not take into account the inability of young students to distance themselves and stay clean, even in smaller classes.

“They will not think like older students,” she said. “It takes just one person to be infected.”

1:55 p.m .: Cases of coronavirus in prisons and prisons across the United States have skyrocketed in recent weeks, although the overall daily infection rate in the country has remained relatively stable.

The number of detainees known to be infected has doubled in the past month to over 68,000. Deaths in prison from coronavirus have also increased 73% since mid-May. Currently, the five largest known clusters of viruses in the United States are not found in nursing homes or meat packing plants, but in correctional facilities, according to New York Times data. which collects confirmed cases of coronavirus since the pandemic reached the American coasts.

And the risk of new cases seems imminent: the rapid growth of virus cases behind bars occurs when protesters arrested in connection with major demonstrations of police brutality have often been placed in crowded detention cells in local prisons.

1:30 p.m .: Prince Edward Island has announced an exemption that will allow Canadians with families in need of support to travel to the Island on compassionate grounds.

Dr. Heather Morrison, the province’s chief public health officer, said that applications would be opened later today for the new family support category.

Morrison says the category includes travel for emotional and psychological support, personal care, respite care, home support and child care.

She says the new set of requests will be processed as quickly as possible over the next two to three weeks.

Morrison says applicants will need to demonstrate that their visit will provide “necessary and welcome” support to a family member in Prince Edward Island, including a parent, child, brother or sister, grandchild or grandparent.

People traveling to the island will have to isolate themselves for 14 days.

P.E.I. has already opened its borders to seasonal residents from other parts of the country.

1:18 p.m .: New Brunswick reports three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 163.

Public Health says the three cases are in the Campbellton area, known as Zone 5, in the north of the province.

They include one person in their twenties and two people in their fifties.

Two of the cases are healthcare workers at the Campbellton Regional Hospital and the other is related to close contact with a case.

1:05 p.m .: A member of the executive committee of the Tokyo Olympic Games organizing committee said that another deadline should be sought if the games cannot be held next year.

The Tokyo Olympics were slated to take place this year but has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestion came from Haruyuki Takahashi in an interview published Tuesday in the Japanese sports newspaper Nikkan Sports.

“The main priority is to make a joint effort to organize them (Olympic Games) in the summer of 2021,” said Takahashi.

He said that if it was not possible “we should repeat the action to get another delay”.

12:47 p.m .: Scarborough hospital system takes control of struggling Extendicare Guildwood nursing home which lost nearly a third of its 169 residents to COVID-19 in a continuing epidemic.

A management agreement will see the Scarborough Health Network, which has supported the long-term care facility with infection control and staff since mid-April, take further steps to stabilize care.

Local Liberal MP Mitzie Hunter (Scarborough-Guildwood) applauded the move, but said it should have happened much earlier with a provincial takeover order that sends hospitals to run a house for 90 days.

“The measure is long overdue for the 54 residents who lost their lives to COVID-19 in the home and their loved ones. “

Read Rob Ferguson’s full story from The Star here.

12:35 p.m .: The City of Windsor says it is expanding an isolation center to help migrant workers who test positive for COVID-19.

The city council voted to expand an isolation and recovery center it originally created to help its homeless population.

Mayor Drew Dilkins says the measure will help resolve logistical problems created as the region speeds up testing for migrant workers.

Dozens of migrant workers in Windsor-Essex tested positive for COVID-19 and two died.

12:30 p.m .: Premier Doug Ford announces a new COVID-19 safety guide, a “toolkit” for businesses, employees and customers as new businesses reopen.

The Prime Minister also encouraged everyone to shop locally and plan a local vacation to help the economy recover.

12:23 p.m .: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that the US Open tennis tournament will be held in late August as part of the state’s reopening following closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. The Tennis Association had decided to go ahead with its renowned New York event without spectators, pending a state agreement.

Like many sports leagues, professional tennis tours have been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

“We are thrilled with the US Open, (which) will be held in Queens from August 31 to September 13. It will run without fans, but you can watch it on TV – and I will take that, “Cuomo said during his daily briefing in Albany. “The tennis authorities will take extraordinary precautions, but it will happen. “

12:13 p.m .: Germany has called on its citizens to download a deferred application designed to help prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus, betting that civic duty is enough to get people to use the software and rejecting criticism that it is ineffective.

The aim of the new tracking application – a joint project between telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom AG and software developer SAP SE – is to help break the chains of infection early and allow the country to manage more efficiently the return to normality.

12:00 p.m .: Toronto’s bid to become a hub for the NHL’s return this summer received a huge boost on Tuesday, backed by the federal and provincial governments.

“We have indicated that we are comfortable moving forward with an NHL hub in one of the three Canadian cities that request it,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his daily briefing. “Obviously, the decision must be made by the NHL and the cities and provinces of the jurisdiction. Canada is open to it as long as it is authorized by local health authorities. “

Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver are all hoping to be one of two major cities to host 12 of the 24 remaining teams in an expanded playoff format resulting from the season ended March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read Kevin Star’s full story from The Star here.

11.53 a.m .: Oxford University scientists said Tuesday they had identified what they called the first drug proven to reduce coronavirus deaths, after a trial of 6,000 patients in Britain showed that a cheap steroid prevented the death of some hospital patients.

The steroid, dexamethasone, a well-known anti-inflammatory drug, appears to help patients with severe cases of the virus: it reduces deaths by one third in patients on ventilation and by one fifth in patients on standard therapy. oxygen, scientists said. . They found no benefit from the drug for patients who did not require respiratory assistance.

Learn more about the drug here.

11:22 a.m .: Ontario regional health units continue to report their longest sustained period of new COVID-19 cases in months, according to The Star’s latest count.

Ontario has recorded an average of 231 reported cases in the past seven days, the lowest of any seven-day period since March and down more than 60% from an average of almost 600 reported cases per day. in mid-April.

At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, health units had reported a total of 34,270 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,579 deaths, or 236 new cases since the same time Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the six new fatal cases reported in the past 24 hours also correspond to a downward trend that saw the death rate drop from a peak of 90 deaths in a single day, observed in early May.

Earlier Monday, the province announced that 413 patients are now hospitalized with COVID-19, including 98 in intensive care, including 70 on ventilators. These figures have also dropped sharply since early May.

The province says its data is correct at 4 p.m. the day before. The province also warns that its latest total death count – 2,538 – may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying that if there is a discrepancy, “the data reported by ( health units) should be considered the most up to date. ”

The star rating includes some patients who are reported to have “probable” COVID-19, which means they have symptoms and contacts or a travel history that indicates they are most likely to have the disease, but have not yet received a positive laboratory test.

11:13 a.m. (update): Quebec reports 27 additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 5,269.

The number of infections confirmed in the past 24 hours was 92, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 54,146.

The number of hospitalizations fell to 718 while the number of intensive care patients fell to 77.

Meanwhile, the Quebec government today announced its intention to reopen all elementary and secondary schools this fall.

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said colleges and universities will be able to offer hybrid courses.

11.10 a.m .: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that the benefit of signing his government for those whose jobs were lost in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended by eight weeks.

The Canada Emergency Response Allowance pays up to $ 500 per week and is scheduled to last 16 weeks from mid-March, which means that those who immediately register will soon be exhausted.

Trudeau says the economy is recovering from massive closures to fight the spread of the new coronavirus, but there is still a long way to go.

The CERB extension was a request from the New Democrats in exchange for party support for the minority Liberals in an upcoming confidence vote.

The Prime Minister also announced that most of the Canada-US border will remain closed for another month, until July 21.

In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 between the two countries, they have restricted passages to essential workers and to trade since March 21.

The restrictions have already been extended twice, for 30 consecutive days.

10.48 a.m .: Step 2 of Ontario’s economic stimulus package contains numerous policy documents for sectors authorized to resume or expand their operations.

The guidelines prepared for restaurants and bars indicate that singing and dancing are prohibited in outdoor areas where customers are currently allowed to meet in limited numbers.

Documents indicating that singing is also prohibited in daycare centers and discouraged in places of worship that received the green light to open their doors across Ontario last week.

10:36 a.m .: A shortage of election workers due to coronavirus problems prompted Alaska officials to seek solutions and warn that the state could close some polling stations.

The shortage is particularly severe in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna borough, the Anchorage Daily News reported on Sunday.

Alaska communities have up to three elections to come. Statewide primary is scheduled for August 18, while municipal elections in much of the state, except Anchorage, will take place on October 6. National general elections will be held on November 3.

Two months before statewide primary, none of the state’s districts have enough election workers.

10:27 a.m .: Spoiler alert: 2020 has been difficult for the American psyche. In the United States, people are more unhappy today than they have been for almost 50 years.

This bold conclusion – but not surprisingly – comes from the COVID response monitoring study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. It reveals that only 14% of American adults say they are very happy, compared to 31% who said the same thing in 2018. In that year, 23% said that they often or sometimes felt isolated in the past weeks. Now 50% say that.

10:22 a.m .: Researchers announced on Tuesday the first drug that reduced deaths in critically ill coronavirus patients, offering hope as infection rates increased in Africa and Asia, and there were disturbing increases in contagion in countries that had largely contained the virus.

The inexpensive and widely available steroid called dexamethasone has reduced deaths by 35% in patients who needed respiratory therapy and by 20% in those who needed only additional oxygen, according to research in England. It didn’t seem to help less sick patients.

“This is an extremely welcome result,” said study manager Peter Horby of the University of Oxford in a statement. “The survival benefit is clear and significant in patients who are sick enough to require oxygen therapy, so dexamethasone should now become the standard of care for these patients. Dexamethasone is inexpensive, over the counter, and can be used immediately to save lives around the world. “

10:06 a.m .: A survey conducted in Italy on the psychological impact of coronavirus blockages on children quantified what many parents observed for weeks locked up at home: the children were more irritable, had trouble sleeping and for some of the most young, wept inconsolably and regressed in development.

These symptoms were more pronounced in families where parents were particularly stressed and in families with elderly parents at high risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19, the national survey carried out in collaboration with the Giannina Gaslini pediatric hospital in Genoa with the University of Genoa found.

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9 h 41: Le directeur parlementaire du budget affirme que les nouvelles estimations de dépenses déposées par les libéraux de Trudeau ne donnent pas une image complète des dépenses que le gouvernement consacrera à l’aide liée au COVID-19.

Le budget supplémentaire des dépenses détaille environ 81 milliards de dollars de dépenses déjà approuvées et environ 6 milliards de dollars de plus pour les mesures que les députés devraient voter.

Mais le directeur du budget, Yves Giroux, note dans un rapport de ce matin qu’un certain nombre de mesures promises par le gouvernement ne sont pas incluses parce qu’elles ne proviennent pas de ce que l’on appelle le fonds consolidé du revenu.

Les détails du coût du programme de subventions salariales de 45 milliards de dollars mis en œuvre par le biais du système fiscal et d’un programme de prêts aux petites et moyennes entreprises qui ouvriront les candidatures à un plus grand nombre d’entreprises vendredi ne sont pas inclus dans les estimations.

9 h 34: La police de Peel a confirmé qu’elle enquêtait sur des allégations d’abus au Camilla Care Centre, un centre de soins de longue durée (SLD) à Mississauga.

«Nous avons été contactés au sujet d’allégations d’abus dans un centre de soins de longue durée à Mississauga», const. Danny Marttini a confirmé. «Il fait l’objet d’une enquête. Il n’y a pas d’informations supplémentaires pour le moment. ”

Camilla Care a l’un des taux de décès COVID-19 les plus élevés de tous les SLD en Ontario, avec 67 décès de résidents enregistrés au 15 juin.

Il y a quelques semaines, la province a annoncé qu’elle prendrait le contrôle de quatre SLD qui faisaient l’objet d’un rapport cinglant des Forces canadiennes. Camilla Care, qui n’a pas été visitée par les militaires, a été choisie comme cinquième LTC à être placée sous contrôle provincial.

Malgré cela, Camilla a déclaré son épidémie de COVID-19, qui a commencé le 30 mars, au-delà du 7 juin.

9 h 14: Si vous avez fait vos achats au Home Depot de l’autoroute 7 et de la rue Yonge à Richmond Hill entre le 30 mai et le 9 juin, vous avez peut-être été exposé au COVID-19, selon la Santé publique de la région de York.

Le service de santé enquête sur 14 employés de Home Depot qui ont été testés positifs pour COVID-19 dans le magasin situé au 50 Red Maple Dr.

Bien que le risque pour le grand public soit jugé faible, il est conseillé à quiconque a visité cet emplacement et interagi avec des employés à moins de deux mètres pendant plus de 10 minutes de se soumettre à un test dans l’un des trois centres d’évaluation de la région et de s’auto-surveiller pendant 14 jours après vous avez visité le magasin, à la recherche de symptômes de COVID-19.

8 h 55: L’épouse du président ukrainien Volodymyr Zelenskiy a été hospitalisée pour une double pneumonie après avoir contracté le nouveau coronavirus, rejoignant les rangs de plusieurs premières dames du monde entier qui ont été infectées par COVID-19 plus tôt cette année.

Le bureau de Zelenskiy a déclaré mardi dans un communiqué que l’état d’Olena Zelenska était stable et que le président lui-même et les enfants du couple avaient été testés négatifs pour le virus lundi.

Zelenska, 42 ans, a déclaré qu’elle avait été testée positive pour le virus vendredi. Dans une publication sur Instagram ce jour-là, elle a dit qu’elle « se sentait bien », qu’elle recevait un traitement ambulatoire et qu’elle s’était isolée de sa famille « afin de ne pas les mettre en danger ».

Zelenskiy, également âgé de 42 ans, a limité ses contacts à un «très petit cercle» de personnes et a commencé à organiser des réunions et des entretiens par téléconférence, mais a continué à se rendre au bureau, car certaines de ses fonctions ne peuvent pas être remplies à distance, a déclaré la porte-parole du président, Yuliia. Mendel a déclaré au journal Ukrainska Pravda.

8 h 39: Les provinces ont publié des plans pour assouplir les restrictions qui ont été mises en place pour limiter la propagation du COVID-19.

Des gymnases et des cinémas en Alberta aux restaurants et bars en Saskatchewan, voici ce que certaines provinces ont annoncé jusqu’à présent.

8 h 14: Les membres d’équipage de navires marchands bloqués en mer pendant des mois en raison de restrictions de voyage liées au coronavirus pourraient désormais commencer à refuser de prolonger leurs contrats et de cesser de travailler, ce qui pourrait perturber le commerce mondial, a annoncé lundi la Fédération internationale des travailleurs des transports.

L’ITF, une fédération mondiale des syndicats des travailleurs des transports, a déclaré dans un communiqué qu’elle «aiderait désormais des centaines de milliers de gens de mer à exercer leur droit de cesser de travailler, de quitter les navires et de rentrer chez eux».

Avec plus de 80% du commerce mondial en volume transporté par mer, plus de 2 millions de marins marchands dans le monde jouent un rôle vital pour assurer l’approvisionnement des pays en matières premières et en carburant, en passant par les denrées alimentaires et les biens de consommation.

Mais les blocages et les restrictions de voyage imposés par des pays du monde entier pour freiner la propagation du nouveau coronavirus empêchent les membres d’équipage qui ont atteint la fin de leur contrat de quitter les navires et de rentrer chez eux. Beaucoup sont à bord, sans possibilité de mettre le pied à terre même brièvement, depuis plusieurs mois au-delà de leurs contrats d’origine.

7 h 45: Il y a 99147 cas confirmés et présomptifs au Canada (dont 8175 décès, 61 042 résolus) à 16 h le 16 juin, selon La Presse Canadienne.

Remarque: Le Star compile ses propres chiffres pour l’Ontario, qui ont été affichés à 11 h 22.

  • Québec: 54 146 confirmés (dont 5 269 décès, 22 213 résolus)
  • Alberta: 7 453 confirmés (dont 151 décès, 6 862 résolus)
  • Colombie-Britannique: 2 745 confirmés (dont 168 décès, 2 395 résolus)
  • Nouvelle-Écosse: 1 061 confirmés (dont 62 décès, 996 résolus)
  • Saskatchewan: 683 confirmés (dont 13 décès, 629 résolus)
  • Manitoba: 293 confirmés (dont 7 décès, 292 résolus), 11 présomptifs

_ Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador: 261 confirmés (dont 3 décès, 257 résolus)

  • Nouveau-Brunswick: 163 confirmés (dont 2 décès, 131 résolus)
  • Île-du-Prince-Édouard: 27 confirmées (dont 27 résolues)
  • Canadiens rapatriés: 13 confirmés (dont 13 résolus)
  • Yukon: 11 confirmés (dont 11 résolus)
  • Territoires du Nord-Ouest: 5 confirmés (dont 5 résolus)
  • Nunavut: Aucun cas confirmé

6 h 35: Le ministre de la Santé de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, le Dr John Haggie, chante chaque semaine un refrain familier lorsqu’on l’interroge sur les changements dans la politique de santé publique sur COVID-19 d’un jour à l’autre: «Il n’y a pas de manuel.»

C’est un point souligné par les responsables de la santé du pays et du monde entier alors que de nouvelles informations continuent de se développer sur la souche mortelle de coronavirus qui a déjà tué plus de 8 000 Canadiens.

Le changement de politique le plus frappant au Canada est peut-être survenu vendredi, lorsque le gouvernement fédéral a annoncé que les aéroports commenceraient à tester la fièvre des passagers aériens dans le cadre de son processus de contrôle à plusieurs volets.

La pratique consistant à prendre des températures aux frontières lors d’une pandémie a déjà été utilisée, mais son efficacité est vivement débattue.

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, rejected the idea in the past — and she had good reason to. She was one of the authors of a 2005 study that examined the results of temperature screening for the SARS virus during the 2003 outbreak. Despite costing millions, the program didn’t detect a single case.

Newfoundland and Labrador Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald is also skeptical.

“The evidence on temperature screening is not unanimous, so there is still some debate as to the effectiveness of using such measures,” she said last week.

5:54 a.m.: Outside a back door to a New York hospital where the coronavirus hit like a hurricane, a half-dozen staffers gathered recently to look back, and look inward.

“I am still scared,” Dr. Gwen Hooley told her colleagues at Elmhurst Hospital, which was swamped with patients in late March as the virus rampaged through New York.

Physician’s assistant Diane Akhbari recalled her husband leaving food on the cellar stairs while she isolated herself for months for fear of infecting her family: “I felt like an animal,” she said, her voice cracking.

Co-workers talked about how terrifying it felt early on, not knowing whether they’d have enough protective gear. How one endured his own case of COVID-19 and others saw young and healthy people like themselves get critically sick. How colleagues discussed drawing up wills.

And how haunting it is to think it may all happen again.

5 a.m.: Shutting down a broad range of Alberta’s environmental monitoring over pandemic fears wasn’t necessary, says the head of a group responsible for such work.

Most monitoring could have been done safely, says Jay White, president of the licence-granting Alberta Society of Professional Biologists.

“We’re trained to deal with dangerous, toxic biological hazards in our day-to-day work,” White said Monday. “The virus is no different.”

Alberta’s own chief scientist says he wasn’t consulted before the government temporarily shut down much land, air and water-monitoring requirements in the oil and gas industry in what it said was an attempt to keep workers and communities safe from COVID-19.

It should have been up to the people who actually do the work to decide how safe it is, White said.

3:32 a.m.: A new water park in the Smoky Mountains foothills of Tennessee is preparing to open to visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 50-acre Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville said it’s slated to open June 27, with preview days on June 25 and 26 for guests of Wilderness at the Smokies and season pass holders.

Masks will be optional in the park and not allowed in or on water attractions. Social distancing requirements and other precautions will be in place.

1:44 a.m.: La Chine a augmenté mardi les tests et les mesures de verrouillage dans certaines parties de la capitale pour contrôler ce qui semblait être sa plus importante épidémie de coronavirus en plus de deux mois.

The 40 new cases reported Tuesday included 27 in Beijing, bringing the city’s total to 106 since Friday.

Bon nombre des cas récents sont liés au marché de gros de Xinfadi à Pékin et les autorités ont testé des travailleurs du marché, toute personne qui a visité le marché au cours des deux dernières semaines et toute personne qui est entrée en contact avec l’un ou l’autre groupe.

De la viande et des fruits de mer frais dans la ville et ailleurs en Chine étaient également inspectés à la probabilité improbable de la propagation du virus.

Monday 10:40 p.m.: Mexico won’t send any more temporary foreign workers to Canada until it has more clarity on why two died due to COVID-19, the country’s ambassador to Canada said Monday.

That means as many as 5,000 temporary foreign workers expected to arrive in Canada in the coming months are being held back, for now.

“It’s so we can reassess with the federal authorities, provinces and farmers why this happened and if there is anything to correct,” Juan Jose Gomez Camacho said in an interview.

The two men — one died this month and the other in late May — were employed by different farms in the Windsor, Ont., area, a farming heartland in southwestern Ontario that has seen ongoing outbreaks.

The outbreaks were cited Monday as the reason Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the region can’t follow in the footsteps of others and loosen restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Monday 9:30 p.m: British Columbia’s COVID-19 restrictions are under further review this week, but the limit on gatherings to a maximum of 50 people will not change, says provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Henry said Monday she is pleased with the results of B.C.’s reopening for schools and some businesses, but there is no official date for moving into the next phase, other than it is being considered this week.

“Maybe,” she said at a news conference when asked about moving to the third phase this week.

“We’re continuing to watch, looking at the numbers. But, you know, it’s not yes, we’re in phase three. It’s a gradual increase of the things that we’re doing.”

Monday 8:55 p.m.: The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, the provincial agency that governs Ontario’s retirement homes, has issued an order to revoke the licence of Rosslyn Retirement Residence, the site of Hamilton’s worst COVID-19 outbreak.

The Rosslyn is owned and operated by members of the Martino families, which also operate seven other retirement homes and residential care facilities in Hamilton, along with the Greycliff Manor retirement home in Niagara Falls. Brothers Aldo Martino and the late John Martino previously owned the Royal Crest Lifecare chain of care homes until it collapsed into bankruptcy in 2003, leaving Ontario taxpayers on the hook for $18 million.

Fourteen residents of Rosslyn have died from the outbreak and more than 60 residents had to be hospitalized when the home was evacuated on May 15.

A Hamilton Spectator investigation last week revealed horrifying conditions and alleged mismanagement at the home. Former staff members and families of former residents of the Rosslyn made shocking allegations of chronic problems with rodent and bedbug infestations, understaffing, poor living conditions, and a lack of proper care for residents with dementia.

Monday 7:24 p.m.: After seeing fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases for the first time in more than two months on Sunday, Ontario’s regional health units reported a slight bump in cases Monday, according to the Star’s latest count.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the health units had reported a total of 34,231 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,582 deaths, up a total of 211 new cases in 24 hours — up 32 cases from the previous day. Before Sunday, the last day with fewer than 200 new reported cases was March 26, back in the early days of rapid case growth before the COVID-19 epidemic first peaked in the province.

As has been the case in recent weeks, the overwhelming majority of new COVID-19 infections in Ontario continue to occur in the GTA; just 62 of the 211 cases reported Monday came outside in the region’s five health units. But the rate of new cases is also falling sharply in the Toronto area.

On Monday, Toronto Public Health reported fewer than 100 new cases for the fourth straight day. Before that streak, all but one of the previous 66 consecutive days had seen more than 100 reported infections.

Meanwhile, the 11 new fatal cases reported since Sunday evening is also in line with a downward trend that has seen the rate of deaths fall from a peak of 90 deaths in a single day, seen in early May.

Earlier Monday, the province reported that 419 patients are now hospitalized with COVID-19, including 104 in intensive care, of whom 69 are on a ventilator. Those numbers have also have fallen sharply since early May.

The province says its data is accurate to 4 p.m. the previous day.

Monday 4:21 p.m. The Ontario government is proposing all health units begin collecting race-based data on COVID-19.

The province announced the change today after saying earlier this month it was considering the move.

The health minister says the government has made the proposal after requests from community leaders and public health experts.

Lundi 1:04 p.m. All regions of Ontario except for Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will be in Stage 2 of the province’s phased reopening plan as of Friday.

Most areas of the province were allowed to enter the second stage last Friday, except for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, some regions that border the United States and those with COVID-19 outbreaks among migrant workers.

Premier Doug Ford announced today that the regions that can join them this Friday are: Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara and York.

Read More from the Star’s Queen’s Park Bureau Chief, Robert Benzie: Province easing COVID-19 restrictions in Durham, York and Hamilton, but Toronto and Peel will have to wait

Read More from the Star’s Josh Rubin: Toronto businesses frustrated as neighbours open sooner: ‘If this goes on another month, I’ll probably have to close’

Read more of Monday’s coverage.


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